As I delve into research and writing today, Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s admonition is a beautiful reminder to consider why I do this work in the first place. Am I more concerned with merely gathering facts and data for my own self-worth or promotion? Do I only wish to explore – or even do mission – just for the experience?
Ramón y Cajal has put me in check. Because while I do want to make sure I represent my arguments fairly and with accuracy, my greatest desire really is to be that conduit for the spirit of God to transform what is “known” into greater clarity of this vast Unknown – if even just a little. And to be transformed in the process. And sure, I do enjoy the experience of a new culture or relationship, more information, new data. Far better that my experience becomes, that it is new material for building up, not a tool to tear down.
How can I be transformative today? How might I be who I am, what I know, to construct, make a difference, build someone up?
We “are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2Cor3:18
“But love builds up.” 1Cor8:1